Srila Giri Maharaja “A Transcendental Competition”

To inspire interest in thoughtful analysis of ideas presented as Gaudiya siddhanta but are actually antithetical to it, which we must identify and confront on a regular basis during our preaching activities, I am introducing what Srila Prabhupada Swami Maharaja termed a “transcendental competition.”

“I understand from Karandhara that you will be setting up another ISKCON Press in Los Angeles to engage our New York Press in transcendental competition for printing my books. Competition and profiteering spirit are always there in the living entity. It is not that they can be artificially removed in some manner. Factually we saw in Russia that by removing competition and profit calculation from society the people were not at all happy, and still these Read More...

Friday 6th September 2019 – Sri Radhastami. Appearance day of Srimati Radharani.

Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate along with devotees from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global New Jersey in the grand festival for Sri Radhastami on Friday 6th September, 2019.

The festival will include kirtana, discourses and other auspicious activities. Please RSVP via our contact page.

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Have you considered repentance?”

8/21/19

Dear Ishvara Upamana/Madhu Krishna das/Michael Sheludko/Researcher

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

I am a researcher, doing religion studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University, so the first interest is of this intention.

Prabhu, in Christian theology what is the term for a person who, once a Christian, turns away from Christ? Is the term not “heretic” or, perhaps, apostate? A heretic is one that believes in or practices heresy, which is defined as follows:

1) belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine:

2) opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted:

As for apostate, we find this:

a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle

Applying the above principals to your case, Read More...

Friday 23rd August 2019 – Sri Krishna Janmastami.

Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate at the SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at our U.K. center in the celebration of the grand festival of Sri Krishna Janmastami on Friday 23rd August 2019 at 8pm until 12am midnight. Complete fast all day until midnight (then no grains).

You are also invited to attend Sri Nandotsava and Thakura Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appearance day celebrations the following morning on Saturday 24th August.

The festivals will include kirtana, discourses and other auspicious activities. Please RSVP via our contact page.

Srila Giri Maharaja – “No Divorce, Obedient Wives and Henpecked Husbands”

(Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada in Melbourne)

Date: 8/18/19

To my friends in the grhasta-ashrama.

My dandavats Sriman Uddharan.

By chance after advising you not to take advantage of your gentle wife’s no fighting stance I happened to read this demand of Srila Prabhupada upon a bride to be (“I do promise to always serve and obey my husband . . . ”):

Śyāmasundara: “Henceforward from this day…”

Prabhupāda: Let him promise.

Śyāmasundara: Hmm.

Prabhupāda: You promise, “I…”

Śyāmasundara: You, Sanaka dāsa…

Prabhupāda: Say, “I, Sanaka dāsa…”

Sanaka: I, Sanaka dāsa…

Prabhupāda: Ah! “…take charge of you…”

Śyāmasundara: “…take charge of you…”

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Distribution of this highest welfare.”

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: I am in my old age. To continue the distribution of this highest welfare of our Guru Maharaja, I have appointed Govinda Maharaja, to do on my behalf. If you connect with him you will be able to know what is his inner capacity to deal with all these things. I hope you will appreciate, appreciate and you will find higher things in him. With this I retire. vāñchā-kalpatarubhyaś ca… .

— 86.02.19.A @12:30

Srila Giri Maharaja – “[A] confused state of affairs . . . “

Dear Sripada Candrasekhara Swami,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

It was kind of you to call me and follow up with your written invitation to celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s avirbhava with you at 26 Second Ave. I appreciate this gesture initiated by His Holiness Sripada Jayadvaita Swami, one of my long time friends.

If I had been asked to speak to the participants I might have considered this a preaching opportunity. But I was not and, therefore, hardly see the point of my attending as I already know what to expect and do not see any benefit for myself or Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global, the Mission I represent. I will extend these remarks by asking, in light of them, what benefit would there be for others should I attend?

When we spoke by phone Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Gaudiya Vaishnavism: Is It Relevant?”

Dear Sriman Narada dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I thank you for your reply but don’t notice any substantial difference between your present email and the one before it.

Whatever you want to know about Gaudiya Vaishnavism should be learned under the tutelage of one advanced in spiritual knowledge by following this method:

tad viddhi praṇipātena
paripraśnena sevayā
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ

Synonyms
tat — that knowledge of different sacrifices; viddhi — try to understand; praṇipātena — by approaching a spiritual master; paripraśnena — by submissive inquiries; sevayā — by the rendering of service; upadekṣyanti — they will initiate; te Read More...

Mass Murder: Cause & Cure

8/5/19

During the past weekend two more mass murder incidents occurred. This time in the USA, one in Dayton, Ohio and one in El Paso, Texas.

What is the cause and what is the cure?

Srila Prabhupada addressed both these points in the following conversation.

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: Room Conversation with Lt. Mozee, Policeman

Date: July 5, 1975
Location: Chicago

Śrī Govinda [now Śrīpāda Nyasi Maharaja] : Lieutenant Mozee.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. Yes. [indistinct]

Śrī Govinda: He’s with the Chicago police department, and he’s in charge of developing their relationship with the media. And I was thinking there could be nice discussion with him concerning your ideas about stopping crime.

Prabhupāda: Hmm? Yes. So I shall explain, or he will enquire?

Jayatīrtha: [to Lieutenant] Read More...